Recently, due to salmonella and listeria concerns, several companies have decided to recall their products before consumers got sick. Now, a New Mexico company recalled more than 250,000 pounds of ready-to-eat frozen burritos believed to be infected with listeria.
This Is a Voluntary Recall, No Individual Being Affected So Far
The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) stated that the recall is voluntary. Unfortunately, the Green Chile frozen burritos that were contaminated were produced and packaged on different dates – from March 8, 2017 to May 10, 2017 – so the company stands to lose millions of dollars in profit.
The products that are being recalled have the establishment number P-21740 or M-21740. This code can be found inside the USDA mark of inspection. The frozen burritos were shipped to distribution centers and retail stores in Illinois, South Dakota, Oregon, and California. This problem was first detected by the FSIS Inspection Program Personnel during a routine Listeria test conducted on a potato and beef burrito.
Despite evidence of people falling sick after ingesting the products, the company decided that it is best to remove them from the market. More details about the recalled product can be found on the FSIS website. People who have purchased these frozen burritos are advised not to consume them. Stores are obligated to offer a refund to all clients returning a product from the above-mentioned category.
More about Listeria
Listeriosis is a serious infection caused by the bacterium L. monocytogenes and it usually affects individuals with weak immune systems, newborns, pregnant women, and the elderly. Most people don’t show severe symptoms and the infection goes away on its own after a few days. Others are more affected by the condition, needing specialized medical care.
Some of the symptoms include muscle aches, stiff neck, loss of balance, confusion, convulsions, and fever. In pregnant women, the infection is even more serious as it can cause miscarriages, premature delivery, and stillbirths. Listeriosis can be fatal to older people and those with a weak immune system.
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